The definitive American Big Band and studio drummer. He was a recording artist, versatile jazz combo and dynamic Dixieland musician. In 1941 he played with trumpeter Bunny Berigan
. Following the end of World War II Jack, along with a young pianist Henry Mancini, joined Tex Beneke
when he took the popular Glenn Miller big band on the road (1946-1949), following Miller's death.
The best drummer? Jack Sperling. He did maybe 40 albums with me, in
California and New York. Just a fantastic drummer. He's kinda semi-retired.
Jack was almost ten years older than me - I'm going on 72, Jack would be 82
now. He did a lot of stuff with a lot of big bands around the country - Les
Brown for years. He did a lot of studio work. His stuff with me is just
Pete Fountain in an interview with Bunny Matthews
PETE FOUNTAIN DAY October 29, 1959. New Orleans paid him homage, with
a concert at the Municipal Auditorium capping festivities.
Drummer Jack Sperling, his two bass drums, various smaller drums and
cymbals, and ex-Stan Ken-ton bassist, Don Bagley, were flown in from Holly-
wood for the occasion